So, yesterday while finishing his bowl of cereal, my son asked me ' what are we doing on Earth day?' I was caught a bit offguard, because honestly, I couldn't recollect at that moment when exactly do we celebrate the Earth day? I meekly ask him when's it. He gave me that raised eyebrow look and confidently informed that it's on 22nd April.
Mamma, we need to plan some hands on activities to teach Veda ( my younger one) all about earth. As he told me this, he picked my phone and asked Google, 'When was Earth born?'
The rest of the evening was spent in deciding easy yet meaningful ways to observe the Earth Day. Here's our plan of action.
Nature Walk: We wish to start the day by going for a nature walk and collect the different elements of nature like rock, dried leaves etc. This is one of my all time favorite activities and I have plenty of pleasant memories of such walks as a child and nothing beats the feeling of giving my children the same kind of experience.
Terrarium : We are going to make two different terrariums for both the kids. This will give the kids the boost to take care of their plants. Also, we will decorate the terrarium using their tiny toys that they stock from Kinder joy and the likes.
3) Plastic Hunt : To observe the Earth Day, we plan to twist our treasure hunt game a bit. We are going to dig out all the plastic that is present with the house and dump them, which can be later sent to the compost bin.
4) 'Earthy' Hands-on Timeout : While son and I spend some time studying the globe, We will ask my 4 year old to make a globe with her play dough. Later, when I revise the land, air , water module with my toddler, I wish to keep my 7 year old busy with a word search activity , where in he has to find out all words related to the Earth.
These little big activities are a step towards creating an awareness about the importance of environmental protection and climate literacy. Also, these are definitely little big ways to inculcate positivity in our lives, which according to me , is the need of the hour.